Tech Startups Supported by U.S. Department of Energy


March 28, 2014

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News


The work of nations is to develop companies that can lead the way to innovation.  The promotion of startups is vital to necessitate knowledge, innovation and efficiencies that alter the way we interface in work, live and play. The U.S. Government  has supported this support through grants.  This year you can “Meet the Energy Department’s Tech Startup Bets” for a better energy future.

“For more than 30 years, the federal government has set aside a small portion of its R&D spending to fund small businesses working on new technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the names of 17 companies—selected from a pool of 70 that received earlier funding—that are getting Small Business Innovation Research grants of about $1 million each to develop energy-efficient and renewable-energy technology. Those recipients include Pixelligent Technologies, a Baltimore company trying to improve automotive lubricants, and Brittmore Group, a San Jose company using robotics to lower the costs of solar panel installation.”

“The SBIR grants are a good way of “supporting small businesses and driving American leadership in clean energy innovation,” said David Danielson, an assistant secretary for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in an e-mailed statement,” Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Meet the Companies

“Six companies developing technology for energy-efficient vehicles won DOE grants. Among them: Mainstream Engineering, based in Rockledge, Fla., which is developing hybrid-electric turbochargers that reduce fuel consumption and improve handling in cars and trucks; and NexTech Materials, a Lewis Center, Ohio, company working on a sensor to detect nitrogen oxide emissions in diesel exhaust.”

Sheetak, an Austin (Tex.)-based company, won a DOE grant for its proposal to build water heaters that reduce the amount of power needed without increasing costs. Oakland (Calif.)-based Heliotrope Technologies.

Wetzel Engineering, based in Lawrence, Kan., received a grant to build up to 100-meter-long rotor blades for wind turbines that can be transported by ground and assembled in the field. Amjet Turbine Systems, based in Keokuk, Iowa, says its hydroelectric turbines will generate low-cost, clean power.”

The cost to not supporting innovation is deterioration of intelligence, infrastructure and functionality.  Innovation is the sharpening tool for change yet, there is a cost. This cost is to invest in the momentum of change to spur new thinking or efficiency that U.S. has done for over 30 years.

Many of the products we use today came out of these grants that were once used by the government and then converted for consumers such as, GPS. The opportunity is to promote government in investment of small startups. The investment in 17 may produce less successes but the those that succeed maybe our next Apple, Cisco or something new.



LANDsds Sustainable Voice is a news platform to share interconnected ideas, innovation and observation-The Nexuses.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Business, Corporate, Energy, Government, Innovation, Renewable Energy, RESEARCH, Small Business, Solar, Startup, Sustainability Nexuses, Sustainable Voice, Technology, U.S., Voice News, Wind

Have a Sustainable Day My Friend!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Nexuses Images
Skinny Budget Slashing Budget Making some #Zen

July 4, 2015
Fourth of July!

July 3, 2015
Aetna Buys Humana

June 26,2015
The US Supreme Court votes for gay marriage.

June 25, 2015
The US nation's healthcare, Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court today.

April 28, 2015
The Marriage Gay Rights decision from Supreme Court

April 27, 2015
Outburst and acts of violence in Baltimore after the funeral of Mr. Freddy Gray, 25 Black male

April 27, 2015
Chipotle Mexican Restaurant Chain decides no Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMO) to be served

April 27, 2015
Loretta Lynch, sworn in as first Black Woman Attorney General of the United States

April 26 -27, 2015
Tragedy in Nepal as 7,000 Reported Dead from Earthquake and Tremors

April 25, 2015
White House Correspondence Dinner in full swing. Jokes, Pundits and Politics

April 9, 2015
Walter Scott killed by police officer in South Carolina. The crime witnessed and video taped by Feiden Santana.

April 7, 2015
Billie Holiday 100th Birthday anniversary

April 2, 2015
Storm and hail expected through south and east.

April 1, 2015
California's drought will change the way the state operates

Nexuses Top News & Pages
We are glad your here!
  • Moon's Tug Doesn't Cause Big Quakes
    An analysis of more than 200 earthquakes over the past four centuries concludes there's no connection between moon phases and big earthquakes. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on
  • Squirrel Sex Is Complicated
    Only 35 Mount Graham squirrels remain in the wild, but five captive squirrels could hold the key to their long-term survival—if we can get them to breed -- Read more on

LANDsds is the Green Sustainability Voice is dedicated to green, sustainability, green-tech and business contact us at

Top Posts & Pages
  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.
  • Innovative Architecture Plyscrapers in Paris June 16, 2015
      Michael Green proposes plyscrapers for Paris  June 16, 2015 LANDsds Sustainable Voice News Vancouver architect Michael Green wrote the book on timber towers, and has made a name for himself building North America’s tallest. He is also great at that…Read more ›
    LANDsds Sustainable Voice News
  • Turning Miami into Next Silicon Valey June 1, 2015
    June 1, 2015 LANDsds Sustainable Voice News SHoP Architects has teamed up with West 8 to design a four-block development, aimed specifically at attracting technology businesses and turning Miami into “Florida’s Silicon Valley”. Located in Miami’s Park West neighbourhood, the 10-acre…Read more ›
    LANDsds Sustainable Voice News
  • BP Settles on Oil Spill for $18.7 Billion July 2, 2015
    July 2, 2015 LANDsdsSustainable Voice News   Big news as “BP to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” settled to support the environmental damage in 2010. “The federal government and the Gulf Coast states have reached a tentative…Read more ›
    LANDsds Sustainable Voice News
  • US Puerto Rico In Debt Crisis June 30, 2015
    June 30, 2015 By Dr. Tyra Oldham, LANDsds Sustainable Voice News As we the focus on Greece, Puerto Rico is in trouble. Puerto Rico a travel economy with cheap wages and high energy cost is under water. Puerto Rico a part of US…Read more ›
    LANDsds Sustainable Voice News
%d bloggers like this: